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Galwiji Farm Homestead

Certificate of Excellence 2014


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Excellent 5/5 22 reviews

Our front driveway!

Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

In our family for 4 generations, the house on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.

It's spacious - there are beds for 12 and plenty of extra room if your group's even bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.

14 minutes' drive to shops, 25 minutes to Sovereign Hill, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (G0GGLE Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)

Ample parking, sorry no internet, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on both Telstra and Optus' networks.

Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the t-w-i-t-t-e-r-ing of birds. The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear.

If you want to break the solace, there's a recently-tuned Lipp German upright piano (dated at 1899!), a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!

There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), a treasure hunt, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing, exploring the shearing shed and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.

The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite, 2 other double bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.

As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, enormous fridge, urn, pressure cooker, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, hand mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ provides an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.

There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio / c.d. player, as well as important appliances such as a large front-loading washing maching, an ironing table and board and a hair dryer (Rosie says they're very important :)

For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!

It's quite an environmentally friendly property too. Apart from the 100 acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums and Blue Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline rather than a dryer.

Your hosts, Malcolm & Rosie and Malcolm's parents Ann & Bill are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are both fluent in German and French and Rosie is fluent in German.

Strictly no smoking on the property, either indoors or outdoors (due to fire restrictions) and strictly no pets.

Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!

Also, due to water constraints at Galwiji, we are happy to provide linen for up to 6 guests (i.e. 3 x double beds, 1 of which is a queen) but if your party is larger than 6, we would ask that you provide your own linen for the 'extras'. Thanks for your understanding.

P.S. Malcolm & Rosie and children have just returned from some time in Europe where we sampled a number of Airbnb listings. We stayed in many AirBNB places, from the stunning to the not so, but it strengthened our resolve to make Galwiji the absolute best experience we can make it! :)

P.P.S. We have listed the site as handicap accessible, but it's not specifically set up for our wheelchair-bound friends, so please, call us and we'll talk further. Generally we have been able to accomodate and a recent visitor 'on wheels' found Galwiji quite suitable.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 13 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Melbourne Tullamarine 80 km, Nearest railway: Ballarat 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Games room
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Victoria, Australia region

Ballarat's 2 biggest tourist attractions are Sovereign Hill ( 18 minutes' drive) and Kryal Castle ( 25 minutes' drive).


Melbourne is Australia's 2nd largest city and will soon overtake Sydney in size. It combines a peaceful multicultural vibe with the best sporting and cultural events. It's also the home of the greatest sport in the world, Australian Rules Football ( The season runs from April - September and the biggest ground (the Melbourne Cricket Ground which seats 101,000 hosts weekly games. Email us if you'd like tickets into the member's stand. We are usually also able to get tickets for the Boxing Day Cricket Test.

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Review 1-10 of 22

4 Aug 2014


"Beautiful historic homestead"

Have just spent 3 fantastic days at Gawiji with husband , son and 2 granddaughters from uk, daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter from australia, ages 14 to 75 and we all agree that it was a. Love… More

Shirley, it was a pleasure to have you, Ken and your extended family at the Homestead. You are our kind of people! We're already looking forward to your next visit.

Kind regards.
Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

16 Jul 2014


"A spacious but homely farmhouse in beautiful surroundings."

Four children of varying ages had a great deal of fun at GALWIJI over the last weekend in June. The weather was a shock to us Queenslanders but the fires kept us warm and the games room was a huge su… More

Penelope and Atherton and their children were an absolute pleasure to have at Galwiji Homestead. Particularly impressive was their willingness to get into the spirit of country living - so good to have the walking tracks get a good workout! :)

Would love to have them back any time.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

16 Jun 2014


"A cosy country retreat with everything we needed to enjoy a winter break -warm fires, loads of space and friendly hosts."

We were a group including 8 young adults with disabilities. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and accommodating. They had gone to great lengths to install an accessible bathroom, which was finished t… More

Fyona, such a generous and comprehensive review! We were blessed to have you and your lovely clients to stay and your enthusiasm made all the work we put in to making the place ready for you worth every second.

Take care and keep up your fabulous work! Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

6 Jun 2014


"Nice place for family and friend"

We have really fun at Galwiji. We like game room and out side open campfire.Such nice and cooperate people. It is big place and it has everything like swing for kids and good cartoon cd collection. We… More

Dharmesh, it was a pleasure to have you and the extended Patel family to stay. You were amenable and friendly guests and we'd happily have you back any time!

Regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

3 Jun 2014


"Lovely big homestead. Perfect for a large group or family"

We stayed with a group at Galwiji Homestead. Perfect for large groups with four bedrooms, lots of beds and a great living space. Games room was lots of fun! Kitchen was well equipped with basic supp… More

Fern, it was a pleasure to have you and your group of runners stay with us. It was particularly good that the 3 bathrooms performed so well for you, after your big muddy marathon! Looking forward to having you and your whole family stay later on :)

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

20 May 2014


"A Place to Call Home for the Weekend"

Galwiji Homestead is such a wonderful place to stay. I came up with a group of good friends from church, and all 12 of us had such a fantastic time. It is a place where you feel at home the moment you… More

Dear Leah, thanks for leaving such a kind review. We are humbled (and we're glad you like the movie The Castle too).

Having you and your friends to stay was an absolute pleasure.

We hope it was a 21st birthday party you'll remember for your whole life!

Take care. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager.

19 May 2014


"A great place to Stay! Everything you need."

A great place to spend time with family and relax. A wonderful time was had by all and the property was just perfect as there is plenty of room. Bill and Ann were great hosts and would highly recommen… More

Dear David, it was such a pleasure to have you and your family as our first New Zealand guests. Thank you so much for making Galwiji Homestead a part of your plans.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

4 May 2014


"A perfect home away from home"

My family and friends stayed at Galwiji Homestead and even with four adults and seven children there was plenty of room for us to relax and enjoy being together. We loved the country atmosphere.Great … More

Thank you so much for your lovely review of Galwiji Homestead. Please come again!

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

10 Apr 2014


"Our Best Weekend in February 2014!"

Still yet to experience a better weekend than our weekend at the farm. Highlight of course was "getting lost" only to see 10s of kangaroos hoping through the fields! The french guys were alm… More

Eddie, you and your group were so much fun and mum and dad (aka Ann & Bill) loved speaking French and German to other members. Please come again!

Take care. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

3 Apr 2014


"Rural Peace & Quiet"

Our visit to Galwiji was the perfect place for the quiet get-away that my husband and I really needed. We stayed over a long weekend at this spacious rural Victorian country property and took delight … More

My wife Rosie and I recently did what you did and took a quiet weekend away at Galwiji Homestead. We're glad it provided the pick me up for you that it did for us! :)

Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

Review 1-10 of 22

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Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • German